Kent comedy festival includes panel on law, blasphemy and censorship

A two-day festival at Kent exploring freedom of expression through comedy and film includes a panel on law, blasphemy and censorship.

The panel, chaired by Kent Law School Reader Professor Maria Drakopoulou will begin at 10am on Sunday 3 June 2018 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3. It is free to attend and open to all.

The festival, which begins on Saturday 2 June, is co-sponsored by the University of Copenhagen and Feminist Dissent.

Events taking place during the festival in the Gulbenkian Theatre include a free screening of comedian Stewart Lee’s film 90s Comedian on Saturday evening and an evening of comedy on Sunday, entitled Stand-Up Blasphemy, compered by Dr Olly Double from the University’s School of Arts, with tickets starting from £5.

Other contributors include a range of directors, artists and activists, and academics from the University’s School of European Culture and Languages, the School of Art and the School of English.

International academics are also taking part including Christa Harris, the director of Inside Pussy Riot (Les Enfants Terribles); Inna Shevchenko (FEMEN); Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti (whose play Behzti was cancelled on its opening night in Birmingham due to violent protests); and film directors including Shakila Maan and Gita Sahgal.